IBM Real-Time Asset Locator V7.1 helps to deliver real-time asset visibility and enhances enterprise asset management

IBM United States Software Announcement 210-252
July 20, 2010

 
 ENUS210-252.PDF (94KB)

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Overview Overview Publications Publications
Key prerequisites Key prerequisites Technical information Technical information
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Real-Time Asset Locator:

  • Tracks and monitors the location and status of assets in real time to help improve asset management
  • Integrates with Maximo® Asset Management and Tivoli® Asset Management for IT to provide enhanced asset life-cycle and maintenance management
  • Provides visibility of resources and enables users to improve decision-making and optimize processes while reducing costs
  • Includes a complex event processing engine that correlates data from multiple sensors to identify actionable business events including entry/exit, man down, idle assets, and low or excessive inventory levels
  • Supports a variety of sensor subsystems including active RFID, passive RFID, barcode, and other condition sensors

 
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IBM® Real-Time Asset Locator is designed to enable you to track and monitor assets such as tools, equipment, and personnel in near real time to improve asset utilization. This capability can provide visibility of resources and enable you to leverage best practices to help improve decision-making and optimize asset management processes while helping to reduce operational costs. Real-Time Asset Locator helps organizations track assets and personnel across the enterprise to improve quality, service levels, and operational productivity.

Real-Time Asset Locator integrates with IBM Maximo Asset Management and Tivoli Asset Management for IT to provide enhanced asset life-cycle and maintenance management. With Real-Time Asset Locator, you can leverage real-time data to solve multiple business problems related to asset location, condition, inventory levels, and loss. For example, you can:

  • Optimize preventative maintenance based on in-use status and location
  • Reduce loss of equipment by monitoring exit zones
  • Better manage equipment inventory levels to help ensure availability in one location while reducing excess in another

Features include:

  • A complex event processing engine that correlates data from multiple types of sensors to identify business events, which can be routed into the enterprise asset management system to trigger additional workflows
  • Support for a broad set of rules and notifications including entry/exit, man down, fall detection, idle assets, and low or excessive inventory levels
  • A single platform, which can support a variety of sensors including active RFID, passive RFID, barcode, and other condition sensors
  • A visualization console for tracking and locating assets, filtering assets by class, and performing administrative tasks such as configuring location maps and virtual zones
  • A flexible architecture that allows for centralized or distributed deployment models
  • Out-of-the-box integration with Maximo Asset Management and Tivoli Asset Management for IT

Benefits include:

  • Consistent, repeatable operations and decisions enabled by real-time location data and rule-based process automation
  • Visibility into organizational and departmental asset allocations and use
  • Ability to manage asset allocation through target inventory levels by location
  • Better informed budget and purchasing activities through new insights into asset inventory and work management requirements
  • Ability to ensure that equipment is operation-ready while optimizing preventive and corrective maintenance activity and planning
  • Implementation of industry best practices for asset visibility and management to help improve utilization, productivity, and safety

 
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Key prerequisites
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Real-Time Asset Locator requires either Maximo Asset Management V7.1.1.7, Tivoli Asset Management for IT V7.2, or any Maximo Industry Solution offering that uses Maximo Asset Management V7.1.1.7.


 
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Planned availability date
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  • July 30, 2010: Electronic availability
  • August 27, 2010: Media availability

 
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Description
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Real-Time Asset Locator allows users to enhance asset management capabilities by tracking asset location and status in real time. Assets such as tools, infusion pumps, wheelchairs, IT equipment, handhelds, and mobile test equipment can be tracked and monitored to gain visibility into asset inventory levels, use, behavior, and overall life cycle. Even personnel and patients can be tracked to monitor workflow and improve safety.

Real-Time Asset Locator monitors asset movement to automatically identify important events that are forwarded to IBM Maximo Asset Management or Tivoli Asset Management for IT. These events provide real-time visibility of asset behavior and enable enhanced asset life-cycle and maintenance management. You can leverage this real-time data to solve multiple business problems related to asset location, condition, inventory levels, and loss. For example, you can optimize preventative maintenance based on in-use status and location; reduce loss of equipment by monitoring exit zones; and better manage equipment inventory levels to help ensure availability in one location while reducing excess in another.

Real-Time Asset Locator works with third-party sensor subsystems that provide raw data about asset location. Data is usually in the form of a unique ID and x, y, and possibly z coordinates. Sensors may also provide condition information or signals for general events such as a button press. Real-Time Asset Locator interprets the raw data to map it to a business location and associate it with a specific asset. It also assigns meaning to general events. For example, the button press may be mapped to an event indicating that maintenance is required for a given asset. Real-Time Asset Locator monitors these raw data streams to identify significant business events and may generate a notification for the event or forward it to the asset management system for asset updates or to initiate additional tasks.

Real-Time Asset Locator supports a variety of rule-based scenarios for tracking asset movement and behavior. Some scenarios are dependent on the underlying sensor technology, and not all scenarios are supported by all technologies. Scenarios can be added or extended using the provided tooling. The following sample scenarios are supported:

  • Entry/exit of assets to/from virtual zones
  • Loss detection
  • Fall detection or man down
  • Wandering patients
  • Movement of non-moving assets
  • Movement of asset to maintenance zone
  • Identification of idle assets

Real-Time Asset Locator hides the complexity of heterogeneous sensor technologies by providing normalized location and status events to the application logic. The normalized sensor event streams are then monitored using advanced business event processing to detect event patterns that indicate that an actionable business event has occurred. These higher-order events are forwarded to Maximo Asset Management or Tivoli Asset Management for IT to update location or status and to initiate appropriate workflows.

Real-Time Asset Locator provides business event processing through the bundled WebSphere® Business Events. WebSphere Business Events helps identify actionable situations to enable timely insights and responses. Additionally, WebSphere Business Events includes Web-based design tools that can be used to easily tune the rules and event patterns that drive operational processes and business logic.

Real-Time Asset Locator can support active RFID (ultrasound, UWB, WiFi, and Infrared), passive RFID (Gen2 Standard, UHF, and HF), and barcode as well as other condition sensors. This technology-agnostic approach enables users to select the most suitable technology for their needs or even to mix technologies when appropriate.

Real-Time Asset Locator leverages the Maximo Integration Framework to provide real-time updates on asset location and status to Maximo Asset Management or Tivoli Asset Management for IT. Location and status change events flow into the asset management system through the IBM Maximo Adapter for Real-Time Asset Locator. In turn, the asset management system can be configured to trigger workflows to take appropriate action based on the location and status changes.

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Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act

IBM Real-Time Asset Locator is capable as of August 27, 2010, when used in accordance with IBM's associated documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it. A U.S. Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on the product's accessibility compliance can be requested on the following Web site

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Real-Time Asset Locator must be deployed with either Maximo Asset Management or Tivoli Asset Management for IT. It provides these asset management systems with real-time location and condition data to enable enhanced asset life-cycle and maintenance capabilities.

Maximo Asset Management supports asset life-cycle and maintenance management for all asset types, from production equipment to facilities to transportation assets. This holistic perspective provides better visibility and control of assets across the entire organization, and helps identify process efficiencies and optimization opportunities across these assets. Maximo Asset Management helps organizations optimize the performance of their assets through comprehensive asset, work, service, contract, inventory, and procurement management functions.

Tivoli Asset Management for IT is designed to help track and manage your hardware and software IT assets and costs. Tivoli Asset Management for IT includes applications for inventory, asset tracking, asset reconciliation, financial management, contract management, procurement management, and optionally Service Level Agreement (SLA) management. This asset life-cycle functionality permits the tracking and management of IT assets through initial request, approval, procurement, contract, receipt, inventory, deployment, asset installs, moves, adds, changes, and retirement.


 
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Reference information
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Software Announcement 210-226, dated July 06, 2010


 
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Program number
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Program    VRM      Program name
number
 
5725-A93   7.1.0    IBM Real-Time Asset
                    Locator

 
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Offering Information
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http://www.ibm.com/software/passportadvantage

 
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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

The minimum hardware configuration for Real-Time Asset Locator V7.1 is the same as that for WebSphere Sensor Events V7.0, which is documented on the WebSphere Sensor Events product systems requirements Web page

http://www-01.ibm.com/software/integration/sensor-events/sysreqs/
Software requirements

Real-Time Asset Locator requires either Maximo Asset Management V7.1.1.7, Tivoli Asset Management for IT V7.2, or any Maximo Industry Solution offering that uses Maximo Asset Management V7.1.1.7.

Operating systems

Real-Time Asset Locator requires one of the following operating systems:

  • Microsoft® Windows® 2008 Server (32- and 64-bit)
  • Windows 2008 R2 Server (32- and 64-bit)
  • Windows 2003 SP2 (32- and 64-bit)
  • Windows 2003 R2 SP2 (32- and 64-bit)
  • SLES 10.2 (32- and 64-bit)
  • SLES 10.3 (32- and 64-bit)
  • SLES 11 (32- and 64-bit)
  • Red Hat 5.2 (32- and 64-bit)
  • Red Hat 5.3 (32- and 64-bit)
  • Red Hat 5.4 (32- and 64-bit)
  • AIX® 6.1.4 (PPC 64-bit)

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Product information

Licensed function title             Product group   Product
                                                    category
 
IBM Maximo Adapter for Real-Time    IBM Industry    Sensors and
 Asset Locator                       Solutions       Actuators
IBM Real-Time Asset Locator         IBM Industry    Sensors and
                                     Solutions       Actuators
Program name                          PID        Charge unit
                                      number     description
 
IBM Maximo Adapter for Real-Time      5725-A93   Per Processor
 Asset Locator                                    Value Unit (PVU)
IBM Real-Time Asset Locator           5725-A93   Per Resource
                                                  Value Unit

Charge metrics definitions

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Passport Advantage program licenses

IBM Maximo Adapter for Real-Time Asset Locator

Part description                                         Part
                                                         number
 
IBM Maximo Adapter for Real-Time Asset Locator
IBM Maximo Adapter for Real-Time Asset Locator Per       E0908LL
 Processor Value Unit (PVU) Annual SW S&S Renewal
IBM Maximo Adapter for Real-Time Asset Locator Per       D0DF7LL
 Processor Value Unit (PVU) Lic + SW S&S 12 Month
IBM Maximo Adapter for Real-Time Asset Locator Per       D0DF8LL
 Processor Value Unit (PVU) SW S&S Reinstatement 12
 Month

IBM Real-Time Asset Locator

Part description                                         Part
                                                         number
 
IBM Real-Time Asset Locator
IBM Real-Time Asset Locator Per Resource Value Unit      E0907LL
 (RVU) Annual SW S&S Renewal
IBM Real-Time Asset Locator Per Resource Value Unit      D0DF5LL
 (RVU) Lic + SW S&S 12 Month
IBM Real-Time Asset Locator Per Resource Value Unit      D0DF6LL
 (RVU) SW S&S Reinstate 12 Month

Passport Advantage supply

Program name/description                                 Part
                                                         number
 
IBM Maximo Adapter for RTAL V7.1.0
IBM Maximo Adapter for Real-Time Asset Locator V7.1      BJ0W9EN
 Multiplatfm, English
IBM Real-Time Asset Locator V7.1.0
IBM Real-Time Asset Locator V7.1 Multiplatform, English  BJ0W8EN
 Media Pack

Passport Advantage customer: Media pack entitlement details

Customers with active maintenance or subscription for the products listed are entitled to receive the corresponding media pack.

IBM Real-Time Asset Locator V7.1.0

Entitled maintenance        Media packs description     Part
offerings description                                   number
 
IBM Real-Time Asset         IBM Real-Time Asset         BJ0W8EN
Locator per Resource Value  Locator V7.1
Unit                        Multiplatform, English
                            Media Pack

IBM Maximo Adapter for Real-Time Asset Locator V7.1.0

Entitled maintenance        Media packs description     Part
offerings description                                   number
 
IBM Maximo Adapter for      IBM Maximo Adapter for      BJ0W9EN
Real-Time Asset Locator     Real-Time Asset Locator
per Processor Value Unit    V7.1 Multiplatform,
                            English Media Pack

 
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Program name                    Program    Form number
                                number
 
IBM Real-Time Asset Locator     5725-A93   RTAL: P-84WPGZ 
                                           Adapter: 86BP4V

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Product name
 
IBM Real-Time Asset Locator   No
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For additional information and current prices, contact your local IBM representative.

Real-Time Asset Locator (Program) entitlements are based on the number of assets. The number of assets determines the required number of RVUs.

Tier    Min number  Max number  RVU per
        of assets   of assets   asset
 
Tier 1  500         500         0.140
Tier 2  501         1,000       0.080
Tier 3  1,001       5,000       0.024
Tier 4  5,001       10,000      0.012
Tier 5  10,001      50,000      0.006
Tier 6  50,001      100,000     0.004
Tier 7  100,001     500,000     0.002
Tier 8  500,001     n           0.001

Ordering example

An example of converting 1.0 million (1,000,000) assets to Resource Value Units:

Tier    RVU/Asset  Assets by tier  RVUs
 
Tier 1  0.140      500             70
Tier 2  0.080      500             40
Tier 3  0.024      4,000           96
Tier 4  0.012      5,000           60
Tier 5  0.006      40,000          240
Tier 6  0.004      50,000          200
Tier 7  0.002      400,000         800
Tier 8  0.001      500,000         500
TOTAL   N/A        1,000,000       2,006

After calculating the required number of RVUs, the final price can be determined on the Passport Advantage Web site.

Definitions

Resource Value Unit (RVU) and Processor Value Unit (PVU) pricing metrics are defined in the Charge metrics section of this announcement.

An Asset is any tangible resource or item of value to be managed, including production equipment, facilities, transportation, IT hardware, and software. Licensee must obtain entitlements for the total number of Assets accessed or managed by the Program.

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